Sherman Oaks Real Estate

Sherman Oaks, California is an upscale community in Los Angeles that is rich with both culture and history. As the first community in the San Fernando Valley to be developed, Sherman Oaks today serves as a gateway to the greater San Fernando Valley region. Named after the accomplished general and real estate developer Moses Sherman (who had a particular affinity for oak trees), Sherman Oaks quickly flourished from its first few homes in the early 1900’s to become, today, an affluent and family-friendly community within the city of Los Angeles. The Sherman Oaks community has beautiful homes, open spaces and great schools and a star-studded history; Sherman Oaks has long been a popular place for celebrities to live and stars such as Marilyn Monroe, Paula Abdul and Tom Selleck have all called Sherman Oaks home.

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Studying or working in the Sherman Oaks area is easy. Sherman Oaks is a great place to live for those who work in the downtown Los Angeles area or Van Nuys. Downtown Los Angeles is located approximately a 25 minute drive from downtown Los Angeles and is just 10 minutes from Van Nuys. Top employers in Los Angeles area the restaurant group California Pizza Kitchen, Sunkist, The Jim Henson Company and Capital Group; Van Nuys’s major employers include Sound City Studios and BizStartup. Sherman Oaks Hospital employs many medical professionals while the abundance of private and parochial schools in the Sherman Oaks area provides jobs for educators and support staff. Sherman Oaks offers excellent education opportunities for its young residents to choose from. The community is served by the Los Angeles Unified School District, an innovative school district that works to offer students advanced learning, magnet programs and charter schools to meet the varied needs and interests of its students. Nearby Van Nuys High School offers three magnet programs; medical, performing arts and science. North Hollywood High School, which also serves Sherman Oaks students, offers a competitive academic curriculum which includes highly gifted studies and magnet programs such as engineering and zoo sciences. There are seven private schools in the direct vicinity of Sherman Oaks; schools include Notre Dame High School, which features an award-winning performing arts program in addition to holding the distinction of being recognized as a Blue Ribbon school. The Buckley School, K-12, offers a rigorous curriculum alongside strong creative arts and sports programs. Public or private, Sherman Oaks has an abundance of excellent educational opportunities for families to choose from.

Recreation and public space are important to the residents of Sherman Oaks; the community is full of green spaces and athletic fields for all to enjoy. The Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park really has something for everyone; facilities here include a senior center, gymnasium, a heated outdoor pool, lighted tennis courts, a football field and a lighted soccer field. Sherman Oaks Castle Park is a fun place to spend the day; residents can enjoy miniature golf, an arcade and batting cages where baseball players can sharpen their skills. Nature enthusiasts and hikers will love Dixie Canyon Park and its hiking trail, located on 20 acres of woodland that was donated by the actor Warren Beatty. Playgrounds and smaller parks are located throughout the community at parks such as at the peaceful Briarwood Park. Dog owners can enjoy the nearby Whitnall Off-leash Dog Park in North Hollywood.

It’s hard to get bored in Sherman Oaks; the affluent community has an array of things for residents to enjoy. Shoppers rave about the Sherman Oaks Galleria, made famous by movies such as Valley Girl and Fast times at Ridgemont High. Built upon General Sherman’s original land purchase, the mall today has evolved to be an open air style market that features a mix of upscale stores and businesses. The galleria is particularly popular for its movie theatre, fitness center and a variety of restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory. For those who love high-end shopping, Westfield Fashion Square Mall is the place to be. This light-filled mall features stores such as Coach, BCBG and Apple; restaurants here include Barney’s Gourmet Hamburgers and 59th & Lex. For art lovers, the nearby J.Paul Getty Museum is a welcome place to visit time and time again. The museum is home to an expansive collection of art that ranges from ancient to modern. Golfers love Sherman Oaks’s proximity to the De Bell Golf Course, a challenging course that utilizes the hilly terrain. The Encino Course at the Sepulveda Golf Complex is another popular option for local golfers; the course features tree-line and wide fairways for golfers to enjoy.

Every year, Sherman Oaks celebrates its vibrant community with the Sherman Oaks Street Fair. Held each October, the event features a full roster of concerts and stage performers in addition to a well-attended pet expo and dining areas. Nearby in North Hollywood, events include the famous Hollywood Fringe Festival (a multi-day celebration of the arts) while October’s Toluca Lake Haunted Pumpkin Patch is a fun destination for kids of all ages. Golfers love the annual Alex Thomas Celebrity Golf Classic in Van Nuys; athletes look forward to the LA Marathon, a challenging run that features cheer zones, concerts and special events all day long.

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